Wishes and Promises

Wishes and Promises

by Charlotte Holley

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Overview

Steven Carmichael is missing in action in Afghanistan, and it's almost Christmas. How can his wife Janie tell their five-year-old daughter Kaitlin that her daddy is presumed dead? Both she and Kaity have been having dreams about Steve for a few weeks, but whose dreams are real? Kaity "dream-visits" her dad in his hospital bed and he promises her he'll be home Christmas Day, so little Kaity is convinced Steve is alive. Janie's dreams, however, have convinced her Steve has to be dead, though she can't admit it even to herself. What will happen Christmas Day when Steve doesn't keep his promise to Kaitlin?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015883176
Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 48 KB

About the Author

Charlotte Holley has an inborn love of all mysteries and the supernatural, and has been reading and writing about the paranormal for more than forty years. A mass communications major, she has written and published newsletters, magazine and newspaper articles, as well as poems and short stories since receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1980. As a beaded jewelry designer, she has also self-published thirty pattern collections on CD and in eBook form and has produced more than 400 individual original patterns.

Charlotte has a degree in Mass Communications/marketing and has been writing since she was thirteen. She is CEO, Art Director and Production Manager at Gypsy Shadow Publishing, and is currently working on the third book in her Actor's Guild Paranormal Mystery Series, Whispers From the Past: Vendetta (and hopes to have it finished near the end of 2012).

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JohnRosenman2 More than 1 year ago
Wishes and Promises is About the Power of Faith, and It is a Wonderful Christmas Story, December 24, 2013 By John B. Rosenman (USA)  (REAL NAME)    This review is from: Wishes and Promises (Kindle Edition) Charlotte Holley’s Wishes and Promises is about the power of faith or the lack of it, and from the opening sentence, the reader is in for an emotional, tearful experience which will test his or her own faith. Five-year-old Kaity Carmichael has a dream in which her beloved, wounded father Steven Carmichael, a soldier serving his country in Afghanistan, promises her he will be home for Christmas. The only problem is that he has been MIA for three weeks and is presumed to be dead. As for Kaity’s mother, Janie clings to hope against her better judgment and fights a desperate war of her own at home on multiple fronts. Should she tell her child her Daddy is dead or not? Is she protecting Kaity from reality when she shouldn’t, or is she doing the right thing? As a wife, is she afraid to face the truth when she hopes her husband may yet be alive? After all, it’s one thing for a five-year-old to believe in a dream. It’s quite another for a grown woman to cling to irrational faith, especially when her own mother and a neighborhood psychotherapist question her judgment. One thing which makes this book so effective is that it explores with compassionate understanding the painful emotions, doubts, and uncertainties that spouses and families go through when those they love are declared to be Missing In Action. In some ways it is a living death even worse than actual death, for those left behind don’t know and may never know for sure if those they love are dead or not. How can they go on with their lives? Recently in national news, a woman tearfully welcomed home the body of her husband who had died sixty-three years before in the Korean War. She considers herself “still his wife.” RIP for them both. In the story, Kaity is not the only one who has a dream featuring Steven Carmichael. The mother has a dream in which her husband suddenly appears with an urgent message. In Wishes and Promises, the paranormal and fantastic intermingle with the realistic and psychological, as they do in our daily lives. There are many memorable scenes in this story. In one Kaity tries to convince her best friend Carol who is two years older to accept her prophetic dream concerning her father. Carol responds, “Kaity-kins, dreams aren’t real. Dreams are only what we wish sometimes, but wishes don’t always come true.” Carol likes Kaity, but her disbelief tests even her friend’s faith in her father’s return. This scene works on many levels. I especially like the symbolic way Carol leaves Kaity. She “cross[es] the street after looking both ways.” She is already a little adult and doesn’t need to believe in dreams. Charlotte Holley’s Wishes and Promises contains a wonderful wish and delivers on its promise. I strongly recommend it for anyone who loves a service man or woman or cares for someone who does.